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Watch U.S. Olympic Qualification Drama Unfold on Universal Sports Network this Weekend
ITU World Triathlon San Diego debut broadcasts to air Saturday and Sunday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fans will witness the drama surrounding the inaugural ITU World Triathlon San Diego when Universal Sports Network debuts its television coverage of the event, which served as the final automatic qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, this weekend.
A 90-minute broadcast of the women’s race will air at 1 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, followed by a 90-minute program dedicated to the men’s event at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and 2008 Olympian Julie Swail Ertel (analyst) will provide the commentary.
Re-air times for the broadcasts include (all times Eastern):
• Women: May 20, 1 a.m.; May 31, 11 a.m.; June 19, 4 p.m.
• Men: May 21, 12:30 a.m.; June 1, 11 a.m.; June 20, 4 p.m.
Both races also are available on-demand at UniversalSports.com.
One of just eight ITU World Triathlon Series events in 2012, the elite races in San Diego served as the second of two qualifying events to determine the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men's and Women’s Triathlon Team. The third and final spot for the U.S. Women's Olympic Triathlon Team was on the line, while no U.S. male athlete had earned a spot on Team USA entering the San Diego event.
The event also played a key role in determining the Olympic squads for a number of other nations, as it was the second-to-last ITU World Triathlon Series event prior to the closing of the ITU’s 2012 Olympic qualification window at the end of May.
In addition to the ITU World Triathlon San Diego, Universal Sports Network is home to the entire eight-race ITU World Triathlon Series, which includes the women’s and men’s races in Sydney, Australia (April 21-22); Madrid, Spain (June 2-3); Kitzbühel, Austria (June 29-30); Hamburg, Germany (August 25-26); Stockholm, Sweden (Sept. 3-4); Yokohama, Japan (Oct. 6-7) and the Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand (October 27-28). Please note the dates in parentheses are the premier broadcast dates, not competition dates.
About Universal Sports
Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, is the premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports, including swimming, track and field, gymnastics, cycling, skiing, figure skating and rugby. Whether on television, online, or on the go with mobile and tablet applications, Universal Sports offers a four-screen experience to fans of global sports every day of the year. To find Universal Sports in your area, go to http://www.universalsports.com/iwantuniversalsports.html
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.